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'Paperwork' holds up Jakarta abattoir visit
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2012, 06:35:13 PM »
FEDERAL agriculture officials have yet to travel to Indonesia in their investigation of graphic footage showing cattle being abused in Jakarta abattoirs, despite having received the covert vision more than two weeks ago.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is instead "considering documentation on file" and any independent audits of the three abattoirs featured in the footage, which showed workers mistreating what are said to be Australian steers.

Animals Australia handed the footage to the department on February 24 and The Australian tracked down one Jakarta abattoir featured in the vision within days.

But a department spokesman said they believed they had "the means to perform a thorough investigation" without leaving the country, much to the frustration of animal rights campaigners. "This investigation is under way and includes considering documentation on file, any independent audits of the three abattoirs and seeking information from any exporters whose approved supply chains may include facilities identified in the footage," the spokesman said.

Under Labor's tough new rules, introduced after the Indonesian cattle ban crisis last year, the onus is on the exporter to guarantee the welfare of animals from when they exit Australia to the abattoir.

The directors of company International Livestock Exports -- which has said it sent cattle to one of the abattoirs in the film -- are also being investigated by South Australian authorities over the death of 260 sheep when its ship broke down last year in Port Adelaide.

ILE has told media it has suspended exports to an Indonesian abattoir in the footage and is investigating how it happened.

"We are not denying the footage at all," director Michael Stanton told the Farm Weekly. "We don't deny that was the abattoir and we don't deny there were non-compliant issues happening there."

Animals Australia campaign director Lyn White said the government's handling of the investigation raised questions about the new system. "We have huge concerns about the government's ability to properly investigate breaches of the new system in Indonesia," she said.

by: Milanda Rout
    From: The Australian
    March 13, 2012 12:00AM